Heavy Lift Specialist



Heavy Lift Specialist was established by Richard Krabbendam in 2011, when retired from Jumbo and started to work as a independent Heavy Lift Consultant / Engineer. Aiming for improving safety in the Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore Industry, Richard started organizing seminars and courses since 2008, in which he transfer his profound experience and know-how to others in the industry.

The Seminar / Master Class has been presented over 100 times in 26 countries, and more then 2200 participants have gained their knowledge.

We hope our Seminar/Masterclass will assist you in developing your career.


Dear visitor,

My name is Richard Krabbendam. I have worked more than 22 years as Heavy Lift Specialist with Jumbo Shipping, a Rotterdam based Heavy Lift Shipping Company and market leader in the field of heavy transport overseas. Since I retired from Jumbo in 2011, I  have entered a new phase of my working career, and keep myself busy in transferring my experience and know-how by means of 2, 3, or 4 Day Seminars / Masterclasses “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore”. In addition, I work as freelance consultant for the Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping and Offshore Industry.

I started my career 43 years ago after my study at the University of Technology in Delft as a mechanical engineer. In 1973, I started working with Big Lift in Dordrecht. End 1979, Big Lift was taken over by Mammoet Transport and 6 months later, I founded together with a good friend and colleague of mine Joop Roodenburg the Engineering Consultancy firm ITREC. After 7 years of hard work, I decided to change my career again from joint owner/director of ITREC, and go back to the heavy lift transport- and lifting branch as employee and started working for an old client of mine: Van Seumeren. ITREC then merged with Huisman, specialist in the design and construction of mast cranes, offshore pipe lay systems and amusement park rides.

After 2 years working with van Seumeren with great pleasure, whereby we both have learned a lot from each other, Jumbo Shipping asked me in 1989 to join them and set up a so called Jumbo Land department, part of Jumbo Logistics, who takes care of the transport of heavy lifts from the vessel up to foundation. I was responsible for the organization and execution of complex lifting- and transport projects. Particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, but also Argentina, Denmark, Venezuela, USA, India and many other countries were part of my work area. In 2001, I was asked to use my knowledge and experience to start a new activity within Jumbo: the present Jumbo Offshore.

During my working career, I have written more than 61 articles on Heavy Transport & Lifting, which were published in the trade magazines: “International Cranes” and “Heavy Lift Project Forwarding International”.

In order to improve Safety in the Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore Industry, I started organizing Seminars and courses since 2008, in which I transfer my experience and know-how to others in the industry. I believe the knowledge you find on this website and my seminars will assist you in developing your future career. It can be of great help when you have learned the basic principles of Handling Heavy Lifts Safely.

Finally, I want to thank all of you, who have made pictures available to me and especially my wife Tonnie for her patience and support!

Richard L.Krabbendam

Jan. 2016